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COP21 Day 1

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

UNFCCC Daily Updates - Day 1

So it's already been a day since the COP21 Paris talks have happened and what do we know so far?

India
This fast paced nation is emerging to be a force to be reckoned with, as its industries and trade is booming as an economy. We saw recently Prime Minister, David Cameron and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, host the Indian leader in hopes to strike up new business deals. India plays a vital role as a country and stated that promoting renwable energy and having a good energy mix is what's needed to tackle climate change.

The Indian PM also laid out ambitious solar energy plans by saying energy must be derived from the sun. The Indian government will be leading 120 other countries in this in these grand plans.

Sounds like a good idea, let's hope they can stick with it!

Tonga
In an interview Tonga says it is fighting for the moral high ground. Whereas their nation is advocating for humanity in these negotiations in Paris, other members state are only considering their own interests and their economy.

Hmmmm....maybe they're onto something?

China
No negotiation is complete without the Chinese and President Xi quite rightly said that, “tackling climate change is a shared mission for all mankind.”

Interestingly though he was adamant that developing nations shouldn't be prevented from economically growing as they should be allowed to lift themselves out of poverty.

While we appreciate that many western countries are historically accountable for the GHG and essentially brought on climate change, it is still important that countries in the global south try and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Share your thoughts and comments with us so far on ‪#‎COP21

Ruji Surjan, Campaigns Manager 

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